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“Old-Fashioned Home Cooking, Pt. IV: Creamy Tuna Casserole with Cashew Nuts—one of my Mother’s Best Dishes!”

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Friday, September 16, 2011 by Chef Olaf Bologolo


 Old-Fashioned Home Cooking, Pt. IV: Creamy Tuna Casserole with Cashew Nuts—one of my Mother’s Best Dishes!

Bakersfield, CA, 09-16-2011 F:  Thank God, it’s Friday, my friends, which means we have but two more days to go before we’re done with my segment of the ongoing story of the Elemental News of the Day., a never-ending day in the life of Google Blogger!  We are so happy to be associated with Google, our experience with Choseit.com was dreadful, we were up-and-going and they shut us down in the summer of 2010.  It’s difficult to spend time building up an online presence and then having it arbitrarily shut down without being informed ahead of the fact.  Anyhow, we have more important things to do other than to bash Choseit.com, they suck anyway and simply don’t have the quality of blogs that Google has. Let it be known that Choseit.com is also run by the Chinese and if you don’t wish to have your computer co-opted by them and all sorts of unwanted advertising inserted into not only your blog program but your email and other things on one’s computer, stay away from them!

Today, I have finished with Coffee Shop Favorites and am not going to pick up the ball of Old-Fashioned Home Cooking and give you a marvelous recipe for Tuna Casserole that my Mom used to make when we were kids and which I later used in my professional life.  It is a creamy delight of albacore tuna, cream sauce, cashews, and chow mien noodles that is so darned tasty, you will become hooked for life as will your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers (that is, if you invite them over for dinner!).  Anyhow, I believe that you will delight in this recipe and that’s what we want: devotees!


Yield: 4-6 servings / Mis-en-place: about 1.5 hours:

Boiling water

Vegetable oil

Kosher salt

Wide egg noodles

12-oz. cans
Albacore tuna, in oil
Medium-diced celery

Sliced button mushrooms
Cashew halves 

Melted butter

All-purpose flour

Whole milk
Kosher salt

White pepper

Chun King crispy noodles

Freshly minced parsley
Shredded parmesan cheese

Hungarian paprika


1.      Mis-en-place: have everything ready with which to work.  Peel the mushrooms by removing the stems and then peeling the outer skins back from the underside and discarding.  By doing this, you will have a snow-white mushroom.  Wash and slice. Cook the pasta in the boiling water to which you’ve added the first measure of salt and oil.  Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente tender but don’t overcook it. Preheat standard oven to 350°F or a convection oven to 300°F.

2.      Combine the next four items in a bowl—tuna, celery, mushrooms, and cashews—and set aside.

3.      Next, using a heavy-duty sauce pot sprayed with PAM or some such other food release spray, combine the butter and flour together to form a roux.  Do so over a medium flame, stirring almost constantly for several minutes.

4.      Then, pour in the hot milk and half-and-half, whisking constantly, to form a medium-consistency sauce.  Add the salt and pepper and blend well.  Allow to simmer for several minutes.

5.      Now, spray a casserole dish large enough to hold all of the ingredients with PAM and add the tuna mixture and the noodles and blend together.  Pour the sauce over all and shake to settle.  Stir with a spatula or a wooden spoon in order to combine all the ingredients and then cover with the Chun King dry chow mien noodles, parmesan cheese, and parsley flakes. 

6.      Finally, shake the Hungarian paprika carefully across the top in diagonal rows, crisscrossing the top in order to form a diamond pattern.  Cover with a piece of aluminum foil sprayed with PAM and insert into your preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.  Then, remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes and check the temperature: it should read 165°F and have a beautiful gratineed top that will look appealing.  Remove your casserole and prepare to serve.

This is the classic tuna casserole made by my family for generations. I loved it as a kid and still do to this day.  This is one you will come to love yourself so give it a shot and begin a lifelong relationship of your own.

As I intimated yesterday, I have had a great time today and as always enjoy my opportunities to write for the Elemental News of the Day. We urge our readership to write to us and leave comments and if there are any of you, who would care to write an article for us, please get in touch via Magnolia Hilltop Brewers, P.O. Box 20669, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0669.  We obviously don’t pay anything but you will be given a full byline and that’s worth its weight in gold.  We want as many people who want to write to be able to do so and we believe that by presenting a forum for our fellow chefs, we are doing something for our beloved industry.  We love diversity and hope to add new and different authors to our pantheon of chefs, food and beverage directors, and culinary professionals.  Come on and join us, it’ll be fun!

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Time keeps moving on and we are now into the weekend with two days to go and I cannot be any happier! Don’t get me wrong—I love writing for you but I’m also glad that I am going to be off for 2-3 months now as Lilah Paulikovich comes in bright and early Monday morning!   Anyhow, please leave some comments and/or become a follower and why not spend some money and purchase an album by the Grateful Dead and/or buy a cookbook from Amazon.com.  We are allied with them and are pleased to market their merchandise! See you next time around! Bye!    


Olaf Bologolo

CEC, ACF, Washington State Chefs Association, Retired 

This is a photo of me taken at an ACF Convention back in the early 1960's when I was a representative from our California chapter. Anyhow, I'm a great deal older than this picture now but that's what we're doing, sharing OLD pictures of all of us. I'm still a handsome guy, however!


END Commentary for Friday, September 16, 2011 by Chef Olaf Bologolo

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